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The Book of Being Chimp

By: Adrian Cale(Author), Dame Jane Goodall(Foreword By)
96 pages, 100 colour photos
The Book of Being Chimp
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  • The Book of Being Chimp ISBN: 9781739220501 Hardback Mar 2024 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
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The Book of Being Chimp

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The Book of Being Chimp is Adrian Cale's entertaining celebration of the chimpanzee. Written with fact-filled, often witty reverence and featuring 100 of the author's beautiful photographs, it is a fun and informative step-by-step guide to chimpanzee life. The captivating pictures are accompanied by a simple, humorous, and engaging text which tells you all about the contrasting lives of chimps in the wild and those being rehabilitated at rescue centres.

The book is split into two main parts, presented across 40 beautifully designed spreads. Each spread title starts with the word 'being' as part of a sequential guide to the various stages, characteristics, behaviour, quirks and challenges of chimp life. Part 1 – Being a Chimp – details their life in the wild – from birth, through growth and development stages, to what makes them tick, what they eat, how they communicate and more. Spreads include being a baby, being a mum, being like us, being a community, being groomed, being clever and so on. Part 2 – Being helped to be a Chimp – covers the vastly different life of rehabilitating chimps at rescue centres and what they go through learning to be chimps all over again. Spreads include being rescued, being seen by the vet, being supported, being bottle-fed, being encouraged, being happy and so on.

This charming book is a warm, witty and informative look at the wonderful but challenging world of simply being a chimpanzee.

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Adrian Cale is an award-winning wildlife filmmaker, cameraman, writer and naturalist who has made acclaimed TV documentaries for international broadcasters including BBC, National Geographic, Animal Planet and Sky. Many are also shown on well-known streaming services. Adrian has contributed work towards ape conservation for the Jane Goodall Institute, Ape Alliance, and International Animal Rescue.

By: Adrian Cale(Author), Dame Jane Goodall(Foreword By)
96 pages, 100 colour photos
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"Emotive, informative, inspirational and enchanting, with stunning photographs and clear writing throughout [...] If chimps themselves could read, this might well be their own how-to-grow-up guide. "
– Dr Jane Goodall, DBE – Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

"This warm, witty and beautiful book encourages everyone to see how much we share with chimps – and their right to share the planet with us too."
– Patrick Barkham – Bestselling natural history author

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